Legendary MC Guru (of Gangstarr) Passed Away

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  1. JustDezIt

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    Yo! Raps has exclusively learned from hit producer Solar that Hip-Hop legend and GangStarr founder Guru has passed away yesterday morning (April 19) after a long battle with cancer.

    According to Solar, Guru suffered from the malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed, the legendary MC succumbed to the disease. Guru always tried to keep this harrowing diagnosis in private but in early 2010 he had to admit himself to hospital due to serious effects caused by the disease.

    Since the onset of illness, Guru tried to live a "normal" life as an influential and outstanding musician, loving father, family man, and best friend. Doctors encouraged Guru to think positive that the cancer can be arrested and that a full recovery is possible but several special treatments including hard hitting chemotherapies failed.

    While in hospital with terminal cancer, Guru wrote a letter, which was provided by Solar, to his fans addressing his illness, his shining music career, his family and loved ones.

    "I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting," read the official Guru statement.

    "My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own."

    The statement reads on, "I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life."

    Guru, born Keith Elam, rose to fame in the 80's as the founder of the legendary rap group GangStarr. The group released the classic single Words I Manifest followed by their critically acclaimed debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989) and the classic album Step In The Arena (1991). Guru was the first artist to truly blend Hip-Hop with Live Jazz beginning in 1993, and seeing the vast influences his Jazzmatazz concept has had on the industry, it is clear that Guru's musical contributions have been way ahead of their time. Guru has worked with such great artists as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, Chaka Kahn, Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bob James, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Angie Stone, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damien Marley, to name a few. Despite the fact that Guru isn't hailing from New York, he is noted as a pioneer of the New York sound and true lyrical Hip-Hop. Guru later on joined forces with hit producer Solar and formed his label 7 Grand Records with the goal to keep "real" Hip-Hop alive.

    Guru's longtime partner, Solar, issues an official statement about the lost of the legendary MC which you can read below:

    "The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru! Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it but tragically this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius. For the fans that reached out with love and support, I can't tell you how much that meant to Guru and myself. Guru prepared this letter [read above] while he was in the hospital for the fans. I hope now that Guru has moved on to a better place! Guru is a great Black American Hero and should always be remembered as such and he is much more that just a Hip-Hop icon -- he has changed the world for the better. I salute my fallen brother Guru! He will be missed tremendously!" Solar stated.

    We will sorely miss Guru, both from a personal and from a professional standpoint. Our warmest condolences to Guru's family and loved ones at this difficult time.

  2. JustDezIt

    JustDezIt Formerly sm0kie13 ROY

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  3. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    Well there's a loss to humanity.
  4. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    One of my favorites. I knew he was having problems but I didn't know it was as bad as it was.
  5. Big D

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    ***?? :(


    Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal -R.I.P.
  6. miamicowboy21

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    My favorite rapper and producer. The music they made together was beyond classic. I was hoping they'd get together for one more album. Man this sucks. R.I.P. GURU. I know Preemo will continue to carry on your legacy.
  7. Achozen

    Achozen Sounds From The Lair

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    Actually, Guru left a letter saying he didn't want Premo to do anything for/about him.
  8. zrinkill

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    Rest in peace.

    I have no idea who he is but he seems to have many fans.
  9. JustDezIt

    JustDezIt Formerly sm0kie13 ROY

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    alot of people are having trouble beliveing those are really Guru's words...if they arent that is some ridiculously disrespectful grimey ****....

    "so guru had time to write this statement while he was in a coma/dying/dead?," Blaze wrote. "JustBlaze yeh and strangely he seems to use the exact same phrases as his "brother, friend and partner" Solar does in his statement.... @JustBlaze And he felt it necessary to diss on Premo as his last words? I don't buy that ****. hope homie is enrolled in witness protection.. [​IMG]@rachel1029 ive sat next to a few deathbeds.. and no ususally it is the exact opposite. man..." (Just Blaze's Twitter)

    The Roots Questlove also question the letter.
    "in my 10 greatest voices in hip hop. Guru was easily top 5 imo. smooth. velvet. will be missed. RIP Guru @swiftfmhttp://bit.ly/d86nKK. not trying to bring negativity into the situation. but i do NOT believe he wrote that letter. 1) he was in a coma. 2) HE WAS IN A COMA! i'm going in on the filler. hip hop experts know the obvious stuff. but the magic for me was the lp cuts @swiftfmhttp://bit.ly/ckC1fC when he was vice pres of Wild Pitch records MC Serch surprised me w a box Guru's 1st jam. loved this! #ripGuru@swiftfm http://bit.ly/9HVSf8" (Questlove's Twitter)

  10. mldardy

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    He, well the group GangStarr were kind of the first rappers to fuse jazz and hip hop back in the early 90's. I would say A Tribe Called Quest and GangStarr(I might be forgetting others so forgive me) started that movement. Kind of introduced a lot of younger people to Coltrane, Gillespie, Miles Davis's of the world.
  11. Bonecrusher#31

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    Damn R.I.P. Guru :(

    Definitely one of my favorites
  12. Christiann

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    I definetley don't believe that Guru wrote that letter, I don't think he'd be bitter with Preemo when he was about to pass. Also I thought he was in a coma the whole time? All in all though, RIP to a legend, I've been bumpin Gangstarr all day. RIP GURU!!!!!
  13. tomson75

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    Did my post get removed, or did I forget to hit "submit"?
  14. JustDezIt

    JustDezIt Formerly sm0kie13 ROY

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    i never saw it so you mustve forgot to hit submit
  15. Rynie

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    Big up to those on this board that actually know about Guru. Those of you that haven't "heard" of him don't know anything about real hip hop. You either listen to that bull**** lil' wayne stuff on the radio, or don't listen to rap at all. His songs had messages in them. He was on some real life ****. Now days it doesn't take one bit of creativity to muster up some stupid rhymes about how much money you spend to make a rap song. Real hip-hop (for the most part) has been dead for a while.

    REST IN PEACE the King of monotone...aka..God Universal Ruler Universal

    "Now I'm contemplatin in my bedroom pacin
    Dark clouds over my head, my heart's racin
    Suicide? nah, I'm not a foolish guy
    Don't even feel like drinking, or even gettin high
    Cause all that's gonna do really, is accelerate
    The anxieties that I wish I could alleviate
    But wait, I've been through a whole lot of other ****, before
    So I oughta be able, to withstand some more
    But I'm sweatin though, my eyes are turnin red and yo
    I'm ready to lose my mind but instead I use my mind
    I put down the knife, and take the bullets out my nine"

    Moment of Truth
  16. hairic

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    Removed. My guess for why is that it appeared insulting (until googled).
  17. WoodysGirl

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  18. JustDezIt

    JustDezIt Formerly sm0kie13 ROY

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    I just finished reading this article on another site and all i can say is that i am completely disgusted.

    Thanks for posting the link WG.

    Im kinda interested about your take on the whole situation.
  19. WoodysGirl

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    I didn't really follow Guru or GangStarr all that close. Loved the music, but I wasn't a hard core fan.

    Guru - I lost some respect for Guru after reading it some. How does a grown man let another grown man control his life like that? Whether they were in a relationship or not, this article suggested some weak-mindedness that I don't like seeing in anyone.

    Obviously, it was slanted to hit Solar hard. It's not like the woman didn't have a reason to be biased against him. That said, this guy Solar sounds like a narcissistic scam artist...and for whatever reason Guru was down with him.

    I'm more mad at Guru than I am w/Solar. Solar wouldn't have to be able to do anything had Guru not allowed it.

    Just sad.
  20. mldardy

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    My feelings are the same. I am a huge GangStarr fan, have all their albums and I always looked at Guru as a strong minded, wise, intelligent individual through his music and then to read this interview is a real letdown as far as how he lived his life. He always seemed like he was in control of his life. When he left GangStarr to do his own thing with Jazzmatazz. Then to find out some Solar dude is running things for him was a complete shocker.

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